For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. Matthew 18:20

The original quote is attributed to Jesus, but today it can equally and ironically be attributed to Covid-19.

All the more so because of the recent Supreme Court ruling.

Washington Post reports: Justice Amy Coney Barrett playing a key role in reversing….New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s restrictions on houses of worship in temporary hot spots where the coronavirus is raging. Especially in “red zones,” such as Brooklyn, where the virus risk is highest, worship services are capped at 10 people.

Pandemic-related restrictions on worship services have long been the target of the conservatives. They were previously outvoted when Ginsburg was alive but this is no longer the case with Trump-appointed Amy Coney Barrett on the bench.

Essentially, there are two points of view:

The first is the right to freedom of worship under the First Amendment

This court should not permit such remarkable scapegoating of a religious minority to stand,” said the the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Jewish organizations led by Agudath Israel who led the appeal and who have congregations in Brooklyn.

The second is the need for governments to ensure public health in times of pandemic.

“Justices of this court play a deadly game in second guessing the expert judgment of health officials about the environments in which a contagious virus, now infecting a million Americans each week, spreads most easily.”

Now, these two groups, who have congregations in a highly infected red zone area in New York City, have secured for themselves the right to have religious services with unrestricted numbers.

Large numbers of people, packed together, possibly wearing or not wearing masks, meeting, greeting, hugging and generally rejoicing in the Lord.

If you wanted to write a recipe for disaster, this would be getting as close as you could to a perfect one.

New cases in New York are growing at an exponential rate. They will grow fastest in the areas with infection rates are highest and where people congregate in large groups.

New Cases in New York City

This will be exacerbated if so not observe any of the standard rules for containing the virus.

Some people may even be deluded into thinking that God will protect them while they are worshipping in His house.

The Allprofound tragedy is that it is impossible to explain the science to such people

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